Clipping Coupons For Our Service Members
For military families who relocate overseas, the financial transition can be difficult. Enlisted soldiers and their families may find stretching their dollars a real challenge, even more so then those who are based in this country.
U.S. troops stationed abroad can use the coupons you send at base stores where they are stationed . Overseas military bases will accept expired grocery coupons up to three months from their expiration date as well as non-expired coupons. For the cost of postage, you can help our military families save big every month!
PLEASE NOTE: Some people have been sending coupons that are expired PAST the 3 month limit, and the military base personnel are spending hours sorting through huge boxes of unsorted coupons to find usable coupons. Please send coupons that are only expired by a month or less and sort them into expired and non-expired to make it easier for military base personnel to sort more quickly. If you are able to sort them into categories as well it makes it possible to send the coupons on faster.
You can only imagine the huge tasks that the personnel who receive your donations have as they go about sorting and bundling the coupons that are sent in. Since it is everyone's goal to be of help and not a hindrance, there are guidelines that are suggested for groups or individuals that are participating in any program. It looks pretty much like what we do anyway, but on a bigger scale.
•Cut and trim the sides of the coupons. This is not only helpful to the receiving centers, but you do not want to pay postage on dead weight.
•Separate the coupons into two major categories - Food (for humans) and Non-Food (pet food would be non-food). Place them in large sealed freezer bags and label.
•Attach a dollar total of the coupons onto the bag.
•Do not mix expired coupons with non-expired coupons. Separate and place them in different bags and label.
There is a program to collect coupons at the Marine Corps Base in Quantico, VA right here in the Operation Homefront DC Metro Chapter’s coverage area. It is managed by the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society but the coupons are utilized by all branches of service that are stationed overseas. You can send your clipped coupons to:
Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Marine Corps Base
2034 Barnett Ave.
PO Box 415
Quantico, VA 22134